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Portrait Medallion of Horatio Viscount Nelson (1758-1805): MAR.C.18-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Portrait Medallion of Horatio Viscount Nelson (1758-1805)


Factory: Wedgwood & Byerley
Modeler: De Vaere, John




Jasper, white with dark blue wash on both sides, and greyish- white relief. Oval, with bust portrait of Horatio, Viscount Nelson in profile to left, one-armed, and wearing the star and sash of a Knight of the Bath. On the reverse there are two large circular holes.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 11.2 cm
Width: 8.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Etruria ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


18th Century, Late
George III
Circa 1798 - 1810


The medallion modelled by John de Vaere shows Nelson after he had lost his arm, and wearing the star and sash of a Knight of the Bath which he was granted in 1797. The mould, and original wax with de Vaere’s receipt for £2.15s.0d. dated 9 November 1798 are at the Wedgwood Museum, Barlas¬ton. He modelled Nelson as part of a set of Admirals; the others were Duncan, Howe and St Vincent.

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Materials used in production

Jasper ware

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: WEDGWOOD
  • Location: On back
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Factory mark
  • Text: 7/6
  • Location: On the reverse
  • Method of creation: In pencil
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.18-1912
Primary reference Number: 11359
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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